De Wain Valentine at the Getty Center with Gray Column, 2012

De Wain Valentine at the Getty Center with Gray Column. Artwork © De Wain Valentine

Artist De Wain Valentine created his own kind of love letter to the California sea and sky: Gray Column, a 3,500-pound sculpture made of polyester resin that’s twelve feet high and eight feet across.

This February 14, come visit From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column and you’ll get a sweet reward—something even more than the chance to see the sculpture, explore how Valentine created a material to realize his artistic vision, and learn about the challenges of displaying and conserving a sculpture of this unique material and scale.

We’ll be passing out treats outside the exhibition, and as an added bonus: the first 50 visitors to the exhibition will get an extra surprise gift. Even sweeter, Valentine will be on hand to discuss his work from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Can’t make it? Be one of the first five people to answer this question in the comments—What’s the full name of the resin named after De Wain Valentine?—and we’ll send you a copy of the exhibition catalogue, which has great behind-the-scenes photos and includes a DVD of a 30-minute documentary on Valentine’s work.